APTI holds its annual convention for the first time in Manipal2 min read
Manipal: The 17th annual National Convention of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) was held from October 12-14 in the Anatomy Museum campus organised by Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) with the convention taking place for the first time in Manipal.
The theme of the convention ,’Roadmap for strengthening Pharma Education in Changing Scenario’ discussed the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical sector and ways to shape the curriculum for future needs.
During the event, researchers and teachers from all across India were felicitated with APTI awards, 2012. Dr. Kamalinder K. Singh, recipient of Dr. Manjusree Pal Memorial Award – best Pharmaceutical Scientist 2012, said, “It is always a great feeling when you are recognised for your work. I think APTI is doing a commendable job by honouring the work of teachers and researchers in the field of pharmacy.” The evening was marked by the release of three books – Law of inventorship in health sciences by S. Sunder, Editorial Pharmacy by B. D. Miglani and Fair Play by S. K. Kulkarni.
K. Chinaswamy, one of the dignitaries present, said, “By organising this convention, Dr. N. Udupa has added one more feather to his cap. I hope his name will now be included in the Guinness Book of World Records for organising various seminars and conventions all over the world. I wish him all the best.” Commenting on the changes he would like to see in the future APTI conventions he said, “They should give more importance to the theme and inculcate scientists and teachers not only with great research work but skills with moral and character.”
The first day of the convention consisted of the inaugural ceremony attended by dignitaries including Dr. P.G. Yeole, President of APTI; Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University (MU) and Dr. M.V. Kamath, Honorary Director Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC), who graced the occasion as the chief guest. Krantikumar Sirse, Vice-President of APTI, in his speech welcomed all the dignitaries and hoped that the convention will yield good results, making researchers and teachers all the more passionate, sincere and knowledgeable.
The day two of the convention had speakers from various colleges discussing the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry and ways to overcome them. The day ended with a cultural program in the evening which had performances like belly dancing, Rajasthani folk dance and a tiger dance performance put together by the supporting staff of MCOPS. The three-day event ended on Sunday with the panel discussion and a Valedictory function.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman